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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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School's Not School Anymore

School's Not School Anymore As a third year veterinary student, I’ve spent my fair share of time in the classroom, going to school day in and day out. Something about this year feels different. After 19 straight years of school, and even a few summers filled with school, it doesn’t feel like I’m just going to school anymore. I’ve never been one for long lectures or sitting down all day, which is why third year of veterinary school has changed the definition I had of school. This year we get to do so much more than just sit in the classroom, listen to lectures, and take tests. We start the hands-on aspect of our journey to becoming veterinarians. Our curriculum is set up to allow us to pick elective classes that are tailored toward what aspect of veterinarian medicine we want to practice someday. These electives take school from an average, everyday, sit-and-listen experience to an out-of-the-classroom, clinical experience. This is what most of us, as vet students, have been ... (Read More)

Junior Surgery

Junior Surgery One of the best parts of third year is getting to participate in junior surgery. Junior surgery is where we practice our surgical skills and begin to get comfortable with the different procedures we will be expected to perform in practice. It is exciting, nerve wracking, fun, and terrifying all at the same time. We are in groups of three, and rotate between being anesthetist, assistant surgeon, and surgeon. This past week, I was the surgeon and got to perform my first surgery on our rat. We performed an abdominal exploratory and a castration. Luckily, I have a wonderful surgery group with my friends, Heather and Betsy, who were the assistant surgeon and anesthetist. They helped me all the way through to ensure that our surgery went great! Third year curriculum differs from the first two years of vet school. We finally are putting together all of the information we have learned from the first two years, like anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, etc... (Read More)

First Week of School

First Week of School The first week of school has been incredible hectic.  All the responsibilities really jumped up on me suddenly.  Between school, work, and being a leader for my writing club, I was busy trying to get ready for everything.  I had a hugely busy, but rewarding, summer.  I shadowed a veterinarian and stay with his family on their pony farm.  For a week I was feeding around twenty ponies by myself.  I learned so much from the experience of the summer and it was an amazing opportunity I was grateful to have had.  My dog, Ziva, went up to stay with my family in Colorado and as a trade, I am keeping the small dogs and my cat because they don't get along with my dog.  Ziva is getting some great training in Colorado and enjoys all the walking and hiking my family is doing with her.  And I'm enjoying my cat and the two little boys in the mean time.  All three love to cuddle, so that makes for a little competi... (Read More)

Happy New (School) Year

Happy New (School) Year This is it! What the DVM Class of 2018 has been waiting for: our official transition to the second year of vet school. On Monday, we started our first day of classes as 2VMs. We are no longer newbies--well, to vet school, anyway! Still, even after a full year of the veterinary curriculum, we are major newbies to vet medicine. There is so much left to learn in just a short three more years. This semester alone, we’ve got pharmacology, pathology, nutrition, medical Spanish, parasitology, and the various labs associated with those courses. What a list! Though a little daunting, I can’t wait to dive into these subjects (and more) to start gaining a better understanding of clinical veterinary medicine, and, coincidentally, kiss the anatomy lab goodbye for a good, long while. It’s only the first week, but it feels already like the vet school is a different planet than it was last year. Compared to this time last August, I see so many more familiar fac... (Read More)

Lessons from First Year

Lessons from First Year Summer has arrived, and I have finally finished my first year of veterinary school! I have learned more this year than I thought was possible. For the incoming first-year class, here is some advice on what to do (and not to do) during your first year of vet school. Stay organized. In the first year of veterinary school, you take 18 credit hours of courses in the fall and 20 credit hours in the spring. That adds up to a lot of assignments, quizzes, and exams! A planner is a great first step for making an effective study plan. Keep your locker neat and double check that you have all of your notes and supplies before you leave class or a study area. It is very stressful to lose something you need for vet school! Be healthy. It is very easy to fall behind if you get sick, so make sure you are eating, sleeping, and exercising. Since you will be with your classmates every day, illnesses can spread quickly! Mental health is important too. You wi... (Read More)

Enjoy the Sunshine

Enjoy the Sunshine The end of the year is almost upon us. Summer with its oppressive heat and three months away from school (if you're lucky) is so close. Remember the days back in elementary school, when summer break truly was a break, before we needed jobs or internships during the summer to prepare us for the future? Ah, those were the days. My lineup for the summer includes one summer class and spending the rest of the time shadowing a veterinarian. Don't get me wrong: I'm really looking forward to shadowing, but I miss a time when I could afford to be lazy during the summer. I once was able to write an entire novel in the three months, and I was quite proud of myself. But those days seem to have passed. Now it feels like a race to be prepared to get into veterinary school, with classes to finish and experience to gain. When's a person able to lay out with a good book anymore? I guess I've pretty well accepted the fact that I've still got a long way to go and a ... (Read More)

Teddy Bear Surgery

Teddy Bear Surgery Last weekend was our college's annual open house. The event is entirely run by student volunteers, and guests come to visit from all over the state. This year was my last time to attend Open House as a volunteer, which was bittersweet because volunteering is always rewarding. I worked at one of the most popular events offered at Open House known as "Teddy Bear Surgery.” Children bring their stuffed animals to Open House and perform "surgery" with the assistance of second and third-year veterinary students in the actual surgery suites in the Small Animal Hospital. We make the experience as close to actual surgery as we can, so everyone is dressed in proper surgical attire, and we use leftover/donated surgical suture and surgical equipment. It is so much fun to see these future veterinarians gowned and gloved toting their "patients" in for surgery. During my shift, I helped my teddy bear surgeons perform operations ranging from major ortho... (Read More)

One Busy Week

One Busy Week Last week was probably one of the busiest weeks of my life. When I was granted the role of special events coordinator of my organization, I knew it would be difficult. I was constantly reminded by both the president and vice president of how hard my position, but, just being Elizabeth, I tried to stay optimistic and do my best to rise to the occasion. Being special events coordinator means I coordinate special events (hence the name). Ironically, my job was smooth sailing…until we reached the end of the school year. All of a sudden several “special events” had to put on by me and my assistant. Nothing could compare to the Spring Charity Gala we had to put on: calls after calls, emails after emails, approval forms after approval forms. All of a sudden, the people that assured you they would help were MIA. It was more than overwhelming. My organization depending on us, and so was the charity to which we were donating. In the midst of all this, I w... (Read More)

Almost Goodbye

Almost Goodbye As the semester slowly comes to a close, stress levels are rising and finals are approaching, but as I look back on the semester, I realize I’ve had one of the best of my college career. I came into this semester so determined and motivated to do very well because the semester before wasn’t as good as I had hoped. One of my classes, Organic Chemistry 2, was thought to have been the hardest class of this semester, but turns out the well-dreaded class might the one in which I’ll get a “A” in. The amount of hard work and long nights I’ve put into this class is unimaginable, and with my efforts and by God’s grace, I’m able to cruise through this semester with O-chem being the least of my worries. However, looking on the brighter side, the road to the end of the end of semester brings lots of excitement about the summer. The thought of workless days, endless nights, and unlimited sun (a little understatement ha-ha) helps keep me focused on what rewar... (Read More)

Another Semester Flying By

Another Semester Flying By I can’t believe that there are two weeks left of the semester!! This semester has flown by. We are finishing up with the last round of tests in classes before finals, and these last few weeks will be busy with studying and other events. Finals can be pretty stressful only because you have multiple tests to study for in a short amount of time, but they shouldn’t be too bad. Two of my finals are for my lab classes, so I will take them a week before the lecture finals, and one of my classes I might not have to take the final. If we have an A after our next test, then we don’t have the final, and so far the class hasn’t been too bad. I only have three other finals, so it shouldn’t be too stressful this year. Today is Muster, one of the most important traditions to me. Every year Aggies celebrate Muster on April 21st.  It honors Aggies who have passed away in the past year and allows other Aggies to get together. Each year there is the 50th yea... (Read More)